This is a period of immense change in the world and an exciting time to study economics. The economics program helps students develop the knowledge and skills to better understand the world, to make more informed decisions, to formulate a persuasive argument based upon economic analysis. As a student you will learn to identify the fundamental economic forces that shape our world in consumer, 业务, 金融, 政府, non-政府 organization settings; you will gain familiarity with quantitative methods and refine your analytical skills; and you'll develop your ability to express your ideas orally and in writing.

During your first two years as an economics major you will take core courses such as Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Statistics for Economists, Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics. Upon completion of these core courses, you will find a selection of field courses in which you will have an opportunity to learn how economic theory can be applied to a variety of settings.  例如, in the 经济学 of Crime and Punishment you might study how the criminal justice system in the State of Washington impacts the State's economy and structure, as well as its historical development.  You would examine the workings of financial markets in Introduction to Financial 经济学, 而在 International Finance, you might study how exchange rate movements affect an economy's citizens.  

If you are inclined toward interdisciplinary studies, you may be interested in the 经济学-Mathematics 结合主要. The 经济学 Department also offers a 结合主要 in 经济学-Environmental Studies for students who are interested in an interdisciplinary approach to studying environmental problems with an economics focus.

In your final year of the program you will participate in the department's two-part senior assessment of the major.  First is the Major Field Test (MFT) in economics, a multiple-choice standardized test designed to evaluate your understanding of basic economic theory.  Second is the oral exam, which complements the MFT and emphasizes extensions and applications of economic theory.

Whitman's economics graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of fields including public service, economic consulting, banking and 金融, 管理, 市场营销, 法律, 政府, 新闻, insurance and environmental-related positions, many undertake graduate study in 业务, 法律, international studies or economics at some point in their careers.